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First day
Mackall, Dandi Daley.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
The first day of school starts out filled with doubt, but after facing fear of the big kids, reciting the alphabet with ease, and learning about recess, a child can't help but look forward to day two.
General Note:
"Silver Whistle."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 71619.
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The first day of school means new shoes, fresh crayons, and a fancy lunch box. It also means leaving Mom and Dad behind, a notion that's likely to rattle even the most eager new student--and this little girl is no exception. Her classroom seems overwhelming, and the older kids are awfully big. But she soon realizes that a friendly teacher and some new pals can help even the most reticent student move past the jitters and into the fun!
Perfect for any child starting school, Dandi Daley Mackall's simple rhyming text and Tiphanie Beeke's cheerful illustrations will reassure children--and parents--who are nervous about a first day.

Author Notes

Dandi Daley Mackall received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. She is an author of books for both children and adults and has published more than 450 titles. Her books include Eva Underground, Love Rules, Kindred Sisters, Just One of Me, Rudy Rides the Rails, and the I'm Not Afraid series. She is has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature and a two Mom's Choice Awards.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-K. Two tiny black dots and a rosebud-shaped squiggle turn a pink daub of paint into a child's happy face; rectangles of different colors become a tower of blocks; unrestricted lines, straight and curved, thick and thin, comprise a playground slide. Using spot art and full-page watercolors in a riot of color, a perfusion of shapes, and simple patterns, Beeke shows children enjoying all the activities they might experience at preschool or kindergarten. A childlike lilt adds a youthful sensibility to a little girl's description of her first day--from preparations (Pencils sharp, crayons stacked, / ruler, scissors, paper packed) and the swallow hard anxiety of leaving home and facing strangers to the wiggling, painting, sliding, and storytelling that fill out a happy, full day. A cheerful, encouraging preview that realistically acknowledges both the feelings and the fun. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite her spiffy new Mary Janes and a backpack filled with fresh-from-the-store school supplies, the young narrator's excitement about the opening of school evaporates as reality sets in. "Don't go, Dad!/ Can't Mom stay?/ Help me plan my getaway-/ dig to China with a spoon,/ or take a rocket to the moon?/ I'd be outta here by noon,/ missing my first day." But as misgivings turn to merriment, Mackall's (Picture Me with My Friend Jesus) heroine begins compiling a rhyming catalogue of schoolroom pleasures: "Did I mention? (Pay attention!)/ recess is a great invention?/ Jumping, singing, sliding, swinging-/ whee-ee! It's our first day!" Though at times Mackall's text incorporates vocabulary or phrases that seem to break with the mindset of a first-time schoolgoer (the text wisely does not specify whether this is preschool or kindergarten), the emotions explored here are authentic. Beeke's (Book! Book! Book!) childlike watercolor-and-acrylic artwork brims with brightly colored cheer. The compositions take on a diminutive, doll-like scale, yet teem with real-life details: cups filled with brushes at the art table, kids trading lunches, artwork hanging from clotheslines, a plethora of toys. Each scene exudes a happy, manageable busyness. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Readers follow a little girl about to start school from early morning to the end of the school day. Getting dressed, she appears excited and enthusiastic about this new experience. By the time she is in the car, she asks: "Feeling funny in the car- `Don't you think we've gone too far?'" Once she enters the classroom, her fears subside as she meets her teacher and classmates and the class pet, and participates in group activities. The rhyming text gives the story a sweet, singsong quality that makes this a lighthearted romp to share with youngsters just entering preschool or kindergarten. The softly colored, reassuring art works well with the simple text that is set on pastel backgrounds. A useful addition for collections that receive many requests for school transition stories.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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